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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2012

What are people — and the Post Office — for?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/people-post-office-for/

On May 15, 2012 Mark Jamison wrote a heartfelt valedictory letter to his community.  He begins,  “It’s likely that I will be the last postmaster to serve the town of Webster, North Carolina.”  And goes on to tell us what he thinks the post office was and should be and what it is becoming. As… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2012

"Lighting Up New England" Workshop Set for June 13

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighting-new-england-workshop-set-june-13

We want to let you know about an upcoming one-day workshop that looks to be a good opportunity to learn more about FTTH networks. “Lighting Up New England” will be June 13 in Westford, Massachusetts, at the Westford Regency. The workshop will be hosted by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council and is part of the 2012 NEFC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2012

In Tennessee, Morristown Joins the Gigabit Club

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-morristown-joins-gigabit-club

Located in the northeast corner of the state of Tennessee, Morristown Utility Systems offers FiberNET to Morristown’s 30,000 residents and businesses. MUSFiberNET is another community that decided to take control of its destiny and invest in a municipal broadband network. And by offering 1 Gbps anywhere in the community, Morristown is in the ultra-elite category… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Handsomely Subsidizes School Bus Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pennsylvania-handsomely-subsidizes-school-bus-privatization/

Still one more empirical study finds that privatization costs taxpayers dearly.  This time the issue is school bus transportation.  In a new report, Runaway Spending: Private Contractors Increase the Cost of School Student Transportation Services in Pennsylvania the Keystone Research Center concludes, “Contracting out substantially increases state spending on transportation services. We estimate that if… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2012

Gig.U Delivers its Gigabit to Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigu-delivers-its-gigabit-maine

We continue to watch the Gig.U project with interest as some universities are teaming up with providers to deliver gigabit services to selected areas, generally around high tech campuses. One of the first project announcements has come from Orono, Maine. The University of Maine and a private company called GWI are teaming up to bring… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2012

We Need Energy From Many Sources

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/energy-sources/

Florida Times-Union, May 17, 2012 There are a few key principles to remember about energy: As more of the world moves to the middle class, energy needs will grow enormously. “The absolute numbers are staggering,” writes Daniel Yergin, author of “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World.” He provides deep background… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on May 16, 2012

Walmart Heirs Quietly Fund Walmart’s Environmental Allies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-heirs-quietly-fund-walmarts-environmental-allies/

The staggeringly rich Waltons, who own half of Walmart and have a net worth equal to the bottom one-third of Americans combined, are using their family foundation to reshape the environmental movement. Now the second largest grant-maker in the country, the Walton Family Foundation, is steering large grants to organizations that work closely with Walmart, helping to build its green image and reinforcing the power of large corporations in our economy. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2012

Senator Franken Calls on FCC to Actually Enforce Its Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/senator-franken-calls-fcc-actually-enforce-its-rules

One of the reasons we so strongly support local, community owned broadband networks over European-like regulations on private companies is that large institutions regularly game the rules. We wrote about this last year, when Free Press called on the FCC to stop Verizon from ignoring the rules it agreed to for using certain spectrum. Senator… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 15, 2012

Susan Crawford Keynote at The Next Web Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-keynote-next-web-conference

Susan Crawford on the importance of government policy. People who are concerned about the future of the Internet need to pay attention or the cable and telephone companies will take over the Internet (or at least access to it). Not because they are evil, but because what is best for them (or what they think… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 15, 2012

Paragould Sets An Example for Another Arkansas Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/paragould-sets-example-another-arkansas-town

Recently, we let you know about the situation in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, population 15,039. The town is now investigating the possibility of building their own fiber network. They have had several community meetings and a “vote of the people” is set for May 22, 2012. Pamela Hill is investigating the twists and turrns in a… Continue reading